Give me a sheet of white paper and an X-Acto knife and I can turn it into an elementary snowflake at best; Give Baltimore artist Annie Howe of Bmore Papercuts those same tools and she's a magician, transforming a dull piece of paper into a highly detailed, whimsical masterpiece, from an elaborate cityscape to a cyclist in the countryside. I've long-admired Annie's one-of-a-kind creations and thought it would be fun to have her walk us through one of her projects from start to finish with step-by-step photos.
The examples below are 2' x 4' banners that Annie designed for this weekend's Baltimore Book Festival, specifically for a group called Tree Baltimore which encourages tree planting in the city. She told me her vision was inspired by urban nature, book reading for leisure and enjoyment, and the benefits of both of those things in Baltimore. In her own words, here's Annie's creative process.